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The 2021 models have great compact campervan appeal.


With the release of the pop-top-roof ‘Beach’ variant and the availability of after-market campervan furniture for the Transporter there’s renewed interest in the Crafter’s smaller sibling.

VW’s Transporter 6.1 range was available for order from August 2020. Standard equipment across what is virtually the 2021 range includes Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (CEB), Crosswind Assist, Side Assist including blind spot monitoring and Rear Traffic Alert, Multi-collision brake and, in some models, an intuitive digital cockpit. 

The following summary covers those variants that have 4Motion 4WD fitted.

The Transporter T6.1 van range consists of short and long wheelbase models that have a choice of 110kW or 146kW diesel power, with a seven-speed DSG transmission.

They come with: H7 twin halogen headlights; daytime running lights (DRL); sliding door, left side; lifting rear tailgate with window and wiper/washer; 16-inch or 17-inch steel wheels; full sized steel spare wheel; height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support; leather-wrapped steering wheel with height and longitudinal adjustment; rubber flooring in the driver’s compartment; electromechanical power steering; 165mm (6.5-inch) display with USB/AUX/SD input and Bluetooth; two USB-C ports and App-Connect; cruise control with speed limiter; central locking with remote control; power windows and heated electric folding exterior mirrors; air conditioning; automatic headlights; rain sensing wipers; load compartment locking from cabin and key fob; Hill-Start Assist; Multi-Collision Brake (MCB); Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP); Traction Control System (TCS); Anti-lock braking system and brake assist (ABS); driver and front passenger front and side/head airbags; reverse parking sensors and rear view camera.

The Transporter 6.1 Crewvan 4Motion is also available in long and short wheelbases, but with the 110kW engine only. The rear three-place seat folds and tumbles and is also removable. It is fitted with two Isofix child-seat anchors.


California Beach

The factory-built camper version comes with the 110kW engine, DSG transmission, electro-hydraulic lifting roof, two powered sliding doors, rear three-place seat, second battery, cabin heater,  satnav, two-tone ‘retro’ paint option, 18-inch aluminium wheels and swivelling front seats.

RRP is $94,990, which sounds a lot, until you do the DIY exercise and discover that having all this kit, with a VW warranty, is not bad value for money.


The DIY option

For those who want to custom-fit a Transporter into a campervan there’s plenty of kit available. Best known is the Van Essa furniture from Germany that can be installed permanently, or fitted to an optional floor-rail system that allows rapid conversion from ‘tradies van’ to campervan.